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Kumar Sangakkara added a fluent 71 to his first innings 171, as Surrey and Somerset played out a see saw final day before shaking hands on a draw. Surrey began the day looking to push on to an afternoon declaration but when both openers fell cheaply, Sangakkara and Steven Davies had some work to do. Davies eventually fell for 26 – but Sangakkara had the spectators swooning with his delightful drives – crossing the boundary 7 times in his 108 ball stay. Jason Roy, a man looking to force his way into the England Test team then departed for 19 at the hands of Jack Leach who ended the innings with figures of 2-34 and by the time Surrey declared at tea they were 181-8. That left Somerset with an unlikely victory target of 292 from 42 overs – and at 62-4 they would have been happy it was just the 42 overs to see out. Ravi Rampaul backed up his first innings five-for, before Zafar Ansari added three quick wickets to have Somerset nerves jangling – but James Hildreth and Peter Trego steadied ship to see out the remaining overs and end up 40* and 34* respectively, closing on 122-4 when a draw was called.
At Edgbaston, neither side were able to force an unlikely result as the weather had its say on what had looked like being a fantastic match. Warwickshire began the day poorly, Varun Chopra adding only six to his overnight tally – departing for 107. However, Jonathan Trott (74), Tim Ambrose (61*) and Rikki Clarke (51) all added half-centuries onto the Bears' total and eventually the total surpassed Yorkshire's first dig of 379 all out. The game was petering out by this stage and when Warwickshire declared on 443-9 having taken full batting points with Adil Rashid finishing with 4-127, both sides were simply going through the motions. When Yorkshire began their second innings, Adam Lyth would have been hoping to end the day with a healthy not out score, although he was denied of that by spinner Jeetan Patel – opening the bowling – falling leg before for 8. Alex Lees also fell to Boyd Rankin before the Tykes reached 73 for 2 when hands were shook. Both sides have now drawn each of their opening fixtures, and will be looking to push on to get a first win on the board.
Weather again ruled the roost at Chester-le-Street as only 14 balls were possible on the final day of Durham's match with Middlesex. Realistically, going into day four a draw was the only likely result as weather had put pay to any hopes of play on day 3 aswell. Mark Stoneman resumed the day on 139 and soon helped Durham accumulate another vital batting bonus point but shortly afterwards the rain and snow again settled in and play was abandoned for the day with conditions not improving at 3:00pm – and an inevitable draw was confirmed.
Essex wrapped up an easy innings victory over Northamptonshire at Chelmsford, Ryan Ten Doeschate finished with four wickets. The Essex captain ripped through an often frail Northants middle and lower order to end with figures of 4-31. The away sides had begun proceedings on 148-4 and were soon staring down the barrel shortly after when Adam Rossington fell leg before for 17. Jamie Porter and Graham Napier picked up three wickets apiece – Porter ending with impressive match figures of 8-101. Rory Kleinveldt did offer some late resistance with five fours coming in his 42-ball 35*, but when Napier cleaned up Ben Sanderson Essex had sealed a second victory in three County Championship matches and increased their lead at the top of Divison Two to a healthy 21 points.
Leicestershire are the occupants of second spot in the table as they consolidated their opening win against Glamorgan with a comfortable draw versus Kent. A strong batting performance including centuries for Mark Cosgrove (122), new signing Neil Dexter (131) and an impressive unbeaten 42 from 40 balls from Wayne White led the hosts to 401/9. Kent's Daniel Bell-Drummond, who is regarded highly by many, fell cheaply for 4 as the ever reliable Australian Clint McKay picked up two early wickets – also accounting for the loss of Joe Denly (9). Kent eventually reached 85 for 2 as a draw was called, Sean Dickson (34) and Sam Northeast (31) both ending not out.
Worcestershire and Gloucestershire played out an entertaining draw in Bristol, Moeen Ali struck his first century of the season as the England all-rounder got some useful time in the middle ahead of the opening Test against Sri Lanka. His 136 not out came at just under a run a ball and included 17 fours and 4 maximums. The Bristolians had earlier sensed victory, reducing the Midlanders to 49-3 – but Moeen's classy knock dominated the Worcestershire reply as the visitors closed their innings at a healthy 210-4. Chris Dent (138*) had earlier completed his second century of the season so far, and Jack Taylor also added 105 as Gareth Roderick's men looked to force some pressure on Worcestershire, declaring their second innings on 382-7 - a lead of 351. Liam Norwell picked up three wickets and finished with figures of 3-69 – but had no answer for Moeen who secured the draw for Worcestershire – their second from two matches this season – while Gloucestershire sit third in the table after three matches.
Derbyshire versus Glamorgan, too, resulted in stalemate at the 3aaa County Ground after inclement weather earlier in the match. Derbyshire's innings saw curtains at 345 in reply to Glamorgan's first innings 377 – Michael Hogan picking up handy figures of 4-74 after last man Andy Carter added 39. By this time a draw was again inevitable, but Jacques Rudolph saw his team steadily to 87-2, adding 31 runs after James Kettleborough was knocked over by Luke Fletcher and Will Bragg was adjudged lbw to Wes Durston. Hail and snow then settled in and the outfield was deemed unplayable, forcing play to be abandoned after a 3:45pm inspection.
Reports by Charlie Jennings (@AVCJX)
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